Paedophiles to be jailed for life under new laws set to pass parliament today

A female child depressed due to child abuse
Ernest Sunday

A guide bill that will be allowing judges to jail paedophiles for life is set to pass federal parliament on Thursday.

According to attorney general Christian Porter, those who commit child abuse crimes have often been handed limited sentences and some even released in the community without total supervision. Under the new bill set to be passed, child abusers would receive a minimum sentence, and the law will also limit bail for repeat offenders.

Judging from the current law, one-third of the child abusers who were convicted by Federal government spent no time on time in prison in 2019 while those who did go behind bars spent an average of 18 months. The new law will be applying to Federal cases.

The law is also targeted at the owners of websites known to host child sex abuse content. 

"Sexual crimes against children destroy lives,' Mr Porter said on Thursday. 

''It simply beggars belief that nearly a third of all child sex offenders who were sentenced last year were not required to spend a single day behind bars," the attorney general said.

"Despite the devastating and life-long impacts that their crimes have on their young victims and their families.

Labor has shown concerns about mandatory minimum sentencing and senators have indicated they won't oppose the bill. 

On Wednesday Anthony Albanese, who is an opposition leader, told the parliament that his party would assist the government in making sure they bring an end to child abuse. His comment follows statements made by the minister of home affairs Peter Dutton after a police operation saved 14 children from abuse. 

'The Australian Federal Police working with AUSTRAC and others is detecting more and more people who are depraved, who are online and who deserve to be caught and will be punished,' Mr Dutton told parliament.

The new rules will also apply to offenders who subject children up to 18 years to brutal, inhumane or humiliating treatment, or which causes a child to die.

The new law will pass the minimum prison sentence to five years and seven years for most serious child sex offences.

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